Seminars & Events
Friday, October 4, 2013: Dr. Laurie Ryan, SMCM '86 (National Institute on Aging) will speak on "Alzheimer's Disease: Targets and Treatments" at 3:00 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.
Monday, October 21, 2013: Dr. Greg Elmer (University of Maryland Baltimore) will speak on "Domains and Constructs in Motivation: Where Does the Habenula Fit In?" at 4:45 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.
Friday, October 25, 2013: Dr. Terry Davidson (American University) will speak on "Why We Overeat and Become Obese? It Could be What We Think!" at 3:00 pm in Goodpaster Hall 195.
Dr. Gwen Calhoon '06 recently received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Maryland Baltimore, and was inducted into Nu Rho Psi.
Slomski, Jennifer (2009). Use of a Touchscreen to Assess Categorization Learning in Rats. Mentor: Dr. Anne Marie Brady
Categorization is a cognitive task requiring objects to be generalized into and discriminated out of a category. Touchscreens are touch-sensitive computer monitors shown to be useful in assisting with cognitive tasks in research. This study sought to use a touchscreen to have rats categorize stimuli based on membership in the oval, rectangle, triangle or star category. While none of the rats in the study successfully completed the shaping process to enter the next phases, the results from the study do not contradict the likelihood that rats are capable of using a touchscreen for this purpose. With more time, the rats in this study should have completed the shaping process and continued on to the proposed training and testing methods.